A lot of people have been looking forward to Square Enix’s re-release of Final Fantasy VII on the PC. What’s curious is that the game was released over the weekend, and then quickly pulled from the Square Enix store. As of yet, there has been no word from the company as to why it was removed.
At least a few people were able to buy the game and start playing it, so we have an idea of what to expect, right? Wrong. Thanks to SecuROM, no one who bought and downloaded the game has been able to actually play it. For whatever reason, the servers aren’t activating anyone’s game. Was the game pulled because of an issue with SecuROM, or was SecuROM not working because the game wasn’t supposed to be available yet?
We don’t know the answer to that question, but Square Enix has already disappointed with this release. The fact that they are using shoddy DRM such as SecuROM shows that they don’t really care about the fans, only profits. The only DRM that is generally unobtrusive enough for people to not care about is Steam, and that’s because the platform actually adds to the gaming experience, rather than detracts from it. Personally, unless they change their mind on using SecuROM, I’ll not be buying the game.